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Judge strikes Wisconsin #GOP's lame-duck session bills


The push from Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature was designed to curb incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’s power in office and potentially make it harder for Democrats to get elected in the future.

Among those changes included cuts to early voting times, limiting them to two weeks across the state, as well as requiring a two-year expiration date on student IDs being used for voter identification at the polls. The changes would hit hardest in Wisconsin’s most liberal cities like Milwaukee and Madison, which offer prolonged periods of early voting and have bigger student populations.

#Democracy #News #Politics #Wisconsin #US #USA #Corruption #Crooked #Republicans #TonyEvers #Evers #LameDuck #EarlyVotingTime #GetOutAndVote #DontBooVote
 

Democrats are sorry


Even before the 2020 Democratic presidential primary kicks into gear — and ahead of Sanders’ own decision about whether he’ll run again — the contours of the race are being shaped by an apology tour of sorts.

_“People want answers to the questions [about candidates' records] right now,” said Jerry Skurnik, a Democratic consultant in New York. “But there’s also no question that a large proportion of the Democratic Party’s likely voters has moved further to the left.”__

Also included was a Gabbard quote from her time as a state legislator, when she advocated that “as Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”

#Eleciton #GeneralElection #Election2020 #GetOutAndVote #Democrats #Democracy #BlueWave #Primaries #Trump #DonaldTrump #Sanders #BernieSanders #Warren #ElizabethWarren #Gubbard #TulsiGubbard #News #Politics
 
The controversial outcome of the December 30 election could still mark an opportunity for strengthening DRC's democracy. #DemocraticRepublicoftheCongo #Elections #Democracy #Africa
 
♲ gangigirl1 (115664938970519248914@plus.google.com):
"Trump has turned out to be the Norma Desmond of authoritarians, a senescent has-been whose delusions are propped up by obsequious retainers. From his fantasy world in the White House, he barks dictatorial and often illegal orders, floats conspiracy theories, tweets insults and lies unceasingly. But much of the time he’s not fully in charge. He has the instincts of a fascist but lacks both the discipline and the loyal lieutenants he’d need to create true autocracy.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the country isn’t coming undone."
Opinion | Our National Emergency Turns 2 - The New York Times
#USPolitics #Closings #Immigration #Civilservice #DonaldTrump #Democracy #Wagesandsalaries #Republicans
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The New York Times: Opinion | Our National Emergency Turns 2 (By MICHELLE GOLDBERG)

 
Economic malaise that sparked the revolution continues on the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring's beginning. #Tunisia #ArabSpring #Protests #Africa #MiddleEast #Democracy
 

On THE WALL


by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Reposted from Facebook THIS IS EYE OPENING AND BRILLIANTLY SIMPLE.

POLITICAL POST OF THE DAY YES, THIS NAILS IT. If you want the alpha to the omega, here it is. This includes New Mexico. She is the ONLY one to mention some of this uses Native American lands.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives a more compelling response to Trump's border wall funding scare tactics than seasoned politicians._
“Please allow me to frame the issues involved with "the wall" in its actual terms. Despite what the media is saying, this is not about Democrat vs. Republican. In short, the executive branch of our government is threatening to declare a national emergency since the legislative branch will not authorize the seizure of private American property for a federal works project nor will fund it. The executive branch has already shut down the federal government. It is currently threatening to extend this government shut down for however long it takes for the legislative branch to cave.

Let us break this down.

First of all, th... show more
 
Give Children the Vote, Strengthen #Democracy https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/11/give-children-the-vote-strengthen-democracy/ "Thomas Atkinson is 10 and lives in Belfast." Life would be impacted more (an for longer) than that of a 90 year old...
Give Children the Vote, Strengthen Democracy
 
No need for 2 years of belated #russia probe to see that #DonTheCon was never eligible for Office/Presidency, only for prison. Trump did, however, show that the committees and Electorate are totally inadequate for guarding #democracy /Constitution
In Mueller Probe, the Bodies Are Washing Up on the Beach
 
Wrong headline. Wrong question. Wrong tense. #trump already did this. #obama had done that too many times before him (E.O.). The concept of much-coveted US #democracy is long gone. Also of rule of law (e.g. #NDAA 2012)
Will Trump Rule by Decree?
 

The #Economist Intelligence Unit published the 2017 #Democracy Index


The index rates 167 countries by 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties.

Is it just me or do some of these points that are used as indices appear a little bit too abstract and too immaterial to measure them with a numerical system? Just saying, some of these points seem hard to be measured by obligatory systems. Or maybe, I’m just too dumb to understand.

This is true even in advanced democracies such as the United States, where voters are highly disgruntled. Polarisation in America has led to anger, gridlock and the current government shutdown. According to Gallup polls from January to mid-November 2018, the share of Americans who approve of the way that Congress i... show more
 
The #Economist Intelligence Unit published the 2017 #Democracy Index

The index rates 167 countries by 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties.

Is it just me or do some of these points that are used as indices appear a little bit too abstract and too immaterial to measure them with a numerical system? Just saying, some of these points seem hard to be measured by obligatory systems. Or maybe, I'm just too dumb to understand.

This is true even in advanced democracies such as the United States, where voters are highly disgruntled. Polarisation in America has led to anger, gridlock and the current government shutdown. According to Gallup polls from January to mid-November 2018, the share of Americans who approve of the way that Congress is handling ... show more
 
Read the full transcript of our discussion about Western democracy, political freedom, and economic reform. #Democracy #Business&Economy #DonaldTrump #Brexit
 
Apologists of #corrupt #trump try to antagonise his #impeachment by saying those who push for it are against #democracy - ignoring the much worse antidemocratic abuses of #gop
 

#Journalism continues to be bad for #democracy


source: http://www.niemanlab.org/2019/01/journalism-continues-to-be-bad-for-democracy/
It may be easier to invest in coverage of the #WhiteHouse, especially when it brings ratings, but I would contend it doesn’t actually give people the #information they need to participate in a democracy.
#news #press #politics #Government #protest #fail
Journalism continues to be bad for democracy
 

#Journalism continues to be bad for #democracy


source: http://www.niemanlab.org/2019/01/journalism-continues-to-be-bad-for-democracy/
It may be easier to invest in coverage of the #WhiteHouse, especially when it brings ratings, but I would contend it doesn’t actually give people the #information they need to participate in a democracy.
#news #press #politics #Government #protest #fail
Journalism continues to be bad for democracy
 
Richard #Stallman ( #RMS ), AKA the man that is right in his predictions, explains why the #USA is not a #democracy but #plutocracy, how #republican steal elections by preventing people from voting. Also why he refuses to speak #Trump's name and prefers to call him an infant or a bully -- a great idea. Criticizes #Hillary as well, for #militarism. Of course you can expect a reiteration of #freesoftware ideas too.

Haven't watched the rest so far, but I already worth a share.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=VMM6D9vuHkY
 
Democracy is not a beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful than other contemporary forms of government, and to that extent it deserves our support. It does start from the assumption that the individual is important, and that all types are needed to make a civilization. It does not divide its citizens into the bossers and the bossed — as an efficiency-regime tends to do. The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere. They found religions, great or small, or they produce literature and art, or they do disinterested scientific research, or they may be what is called “ordinary people”, who are creative in their private lives, bring up their children decently, for instance, or help their neighbours. All these people need to express themselves; they cannot do so unless society allows them liberty to do so, and the society which allows them most liberty is a democracy.
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Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard From Johannesburg




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Have You Heard From Johannesburg tells the untold story of Oliver Tambo—who lived a life on the principles of ethics, compassion, inclusion, social justice and equality—the man behind the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Described as one of the world’s greatest statesmen, his strategy to the international community to isolate and sanction the apartheid regime created the most globalized human rights struggle of the 20th century. Regarded as a terrorist in the West, he was hunted by the South African government’s assassins. He narrowly escaped death at their hands, and succeeded in leading the overthrow of apartheid and fathered the new constitution of a democratic South Africa.
Have You Heard From Johannesburg
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#Hasina reelected, accused of election fraud


Hasina, who has been in office since 2009, is credited with almost a decade of continued GDP growth in Bangladesh as well as the development of a roughly $30 billion garment export industry, second-largest only to China. She has also been applauded for her handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis, reports Al Jazeera. Her ruling Awami League alliance won 288 of the 300 parliamentary seats up for grabs during Sunday's election, reports AP.

So, she may have improved her ocuntry's wealth and handled the Rohingya crisis quite well, but still she was alleged of having defrauded the election. Didn't she think her reelection was saved just by her good deeds? Did she see reasons for people to vote in favour of her opponent? We don't know, but the video footage provided by the BBC is interesting...

These concerns prompted the U.S. to send election monitors, according to Reuters. During Sunday's vote, at least 17 people were killed, de... show more
 
#Senegal views the #internet as a greater threat to #democracy than #censorship (lack of #freespeech around #election time)? Maybe they paid attention to #astroturfing by Russia and the CIA.
 
#gop votes against #democracy
 
Nozomi Hayase: Justice for Julian #Assange , Test of Western #Democracy
Justice for Julian Assange, Test of Western Democracy

Antiwar.com Original: Justice for Julian Assange, Test of Western Democracy - Antiwar.com Original

 
Fake news, data collection, and the challenge to #democracy
 
A Listening Post special marking 30 years since the publication of Manufacturing Consent and its relevance today.
Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent revisited
#Media #Europe #Journalism #MiddleEast #Poverty&Development #Democracy
 
Heard an interesting point concerning fake news. We all hear a lot about how fake news are the problem, right? How much of a problem they are and governments all over the world are concerned. They are no less than “threat to democracy” and such. Measures must be taken.

But in fact today it is harder to create fake news than ever before. There never was a time when information was more accessible to people. Everything can be checked out these days - and it doesn't take special knowledge or access. Global access to information never was so close to your fingertips. And it does have effect - every day something gets uncovered, false information is proven false and inconvenient truth gets out.

Just think of all major conspiracy theories and urban legends - almost all of them come from the past. Same for massive propaganda cases.

Fake news have hard time these days. It is almost like some consider this a problem and a threat.

#digitalresistance #fakenews #internetfreedom #freedom #thoughts #future #democracy
 
Heard an interesting point concerning fake news. We all hear a lot about how fake news are the problem, right? How much of a problem they are and governments all over the world are concerned. They are no less than "threat to democracy" and such. Measures must be taken.

But in fact today it is harder to create fake news than ever before. There never was a time when information was more accessible to people. Everything can be checked out these days - easier than ever before. Global access to information never was so close to your fingertips. And it does have effect - every day something gets uncovered, false information is proven false and inconvenient truth gets out.

Just think of all major conspiracy theories and urban legends - most of them come from the past. Same for massive propaganda cases.

Fake news have hard time these days. It is almost like some consider this a problem and a threat.

#digitalresistance #fakenews #internetfreedom #freedom #thoughts #future #democracy
 

#US have become one of the most lethal countries for #journalists


The world's five deadliest countries for journalists include three — #India, #Mexico and, for the first time, the United States — where journalists were killed in cold blood, even though those countries weren't at war or in conflict, the group said.

Still proud of your country, you bleeding-heart patriots? Your country is at one level with countries like Saudi-Arabia or Mexico, which you still like to discredit as a country of rapists, drug traffickers and murderers. Now, you are nothing better than them. You'd better get used to it, you imprudent arseholes.

Meanwhile, the shooting deaths of five employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Ma... show more
 

#NRA railing the Department of #Education on the role of guns in school shootings


In the end, the report, which officials said drew on input from mental health professionals and families from eight states, largely echoed the public statements of the president, who has repeatedly and publicly promoted the idea of arming school officials and went so far as to back a proposal by the National Rifle Association that would give those officials a bonus.

A-ha...

But the report also recommended that schools and communities examine ways to carry out extreme risk protection orders to temporarily seize firearms from people who appear mentally disturbed, though it emphasized that such efforts should be carried out without affecting “Second Amendment liberties,” senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

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How #Facebook undermines #democracy - book review


While CEO Mark #Zuckerberg talks glibly about connecting the world, authoritarian governments in #Indonesia, #Cambodia, and the #Philippines have used Facebook to build support and crush opposition. The effect is worst in countries where Facebook’s Free Basics, or ‘internet.org’, is zero-rated against mobile phone users’ data caps, creating a strong economic incentive to use Facebook rather than other information sources, and where Facebook has moved independent news coverage out of users’ feeds into a separate, less-visited area.

Well, I think that everything is clear, no comment is needed upon it anymore.

#Literature #Politics #Review #Capitalism #CapitalismKills #DataKraken #Data #Intransparency
 

How #Facebook undermines #democracy - book review


_While CEO Mark #Zuckerberg talks glibly about connecting the world, authoritarian governments in #Indonesia, #Cambodia, and the #Philippines have used Facebook to build support and crush opposition. The effect is worst in countries where Facebook's Free Basics, or 'internet.org', is zero-rated against mobile phone users' data caps, creating a strong economic incentive to use Facebook rather than other information sources, and where Facebook has moved independent news coverage out of users' feeds into a separate, less-visited area.

Well, I think that everything is clear, no comment is needed upon it anymore.

#Literature #Politics #Review #Capitalism #CapitalismKills #DataKraken #Data #Intransparency
 

Salome #Zurabishvili sworn in as first female president in #Georgia


"As the Georgian president backed by our strategic partner, the United States, and European friends, I will make every effort to promote our country's integration process into #NATO and the #EU," she said.

Please, don't call the NATO your partner, please. I know you're into great trouble due to your proximity to #Russia, and feel great danger because of #Putin and Kremlin in general, but seriously, do you really think that NATO is going to make anything better? I really doubt that. All we need is the #UN, and nothing else. But believe me - as long as you keep on improving the freer standards in your country, we will try anything in return to prevent you of a Russian invasion.

#Europe #VladimirPutin #SalomeZurabishvili #News #Asia #CISStates #SovietUnion #Democracy #Freedom #Corruption #Opposition #FreePress #PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress #Politics
 

Mueller's making money for you. Be more grateful, you spoilt brat


Since beginning the probe in May 2017, investigating whether #Russia was linked to the Drumpf presidential campaign, Mueller has filed more than 100 criminal charges.

Does this man ever take a break from his job? I mean, 100 charges - this is quite a lot, because for each charge, he has to investigate the people who later on were charged, he has to examine their lives, their affiliateds' lives, and so on... This man surely should be given a payraise, if you asked me.

#US #USA #RobertMueller #Manafort #PaulManafort #Cohen #MichaelCohen #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Trump #DonaldTrump #SpecialInvestigation #Democracy #Freedom #Justice #DOJ #Injustice #News #Politics
 

#Trump intends to extradite Fetullah #Gülen


Extradition of Mr Gulen would require approval by the US Congress, majority control of which Mr Drumpf will lose in January. But even within his own party, Mr Drumpf might struggle for support for the move.

What also needs to be added that even the White House so far did not confirm this intent extradition. This means that Donnie again blasted out a statement of his that was not discussed with his staff, which is required to at least make an actual statement, previous to the necessity of Congress confirmation to really extradite him. Well, well, the circus continues.

#DonaldTrump #US #USA #Congress #FetullahGülen #Erdogan #RecepTayyipErdogan #Turkey #News #Politics #Extradition #Putsch #Autocracy #Authoritarian #Dictatorship #Democracy #Lies #Freedom
 

Sri Lanka's president Mahinda #Rajapaksa resigns


The feud put the country on the path towards a government shutdown with parliament unable to pass spending for 2019 as legislators clashed on the chamber floor - throwing chairs, books, and chilli paste - over who should remain the country's prime minister.

It kind of reminds me of the clashes they fought in the parliament in the Kosovo, in which someone threw a tear gas bomb, which led to the parliament's debate's delay, since the people could no longer breathe. I didn't expect something like this to happen in a country which I thought was stable, after it overcame its riots of the past. Seems to be that this presidency ended abruptly as well, albeit not unexpected.

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The Church of Satan - der gute Kapitalist und kollektive Verantwortung - nicht mein Bier

You feed your children to a heartless machine – it’s name is capitalism – and you wonder why – your children become so heartless – they don’t visit you in your elderly home no call on your birthday.

Ihr verfüttert eure Kinder an eine Maschine welche sich Kapitalismus nennt – und wundert euch dann – dass Sie so herzlos sind – und euch NICHT im Altersheim besuchen – keiner Oma über die Strasse helfen – keine Kindergärtner werden wollen – noch schlimmer – Sie vergessen euren Geburtstag und ihr seit ihnen beinahe egal – weil im Kapitalismus die Herzlosigkeit belohnt wird.

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The Church of Satan - der gute Kapitalist und kollektive Verantwortung - nicht mein Bier

You feed your children to a heartless machine – it’s name is capitalism – and you wonder why – your children become so heartless – they don’t visit you in your elderly home no call on your birthday.

Ihr verfüttert eure Kinder an eine Maschine welche sich Kapitalismus nennt – und wundert euch dann – dass Sie so herzlos sind – und euch NICHT im Altersheim besuchen – keiner Oma über die Strasse helfen – keine Kindergärtner werden wollen – noch schlimmer – Sie vergessen euren Geburtstag und ihr seit ihnen beinahe egal – weil im Kapitalismus die Herzlosigkeit belohnt wird.

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Somebody set #democracy aflame


Barnabé Kikaya bin Karubi, a presidential adviser, blamed unidentified “criminals“ for the blaze, which destroyed about 7,000 of the 10,000 voting machines due to be used in the capital, Kinshasa, but said preparations for the 23 December election were continuing.

Let's start the blame game again - which political party's sympathisers have ignited the voting machines so that the elections can't start as it was planned? I would say that those arsonists belong to one of the ruling parties, because they feared that their preferred party would not be elected again.

#Election #GeneralElection #Congo #Africa #DRC #DemocraticRepublicOfCongo Corruption #Arsonry #Ignition #News #Politics
 
Three young activists put everything on the line to change the political future of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Back to Kinshasa: The Fight for Democracy in the DRC
#JosephKabila #DemocraticRepublicoftheCongo #Conflict #Democracy #Africa
 

FBI official: Chinese spying poses threat to U.S., democracy around the world


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#around #bill priestap #china #chinese #democracy #fbi #huawei #oan newsroom #official #poses #senate judiciary committee #spying #threat #world
FBI official: Chinese spying poses threat to U.S., democracy around the world
 

American "democracy" is at stake


The inflection point is not just President Drumpf and his administration’s conduct writ large, but the coming reckoning over whatever it is that Robert Mueller ends up finding after rooting around in felonious life and times of Donald J. Drumpf. “We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and the House’s commencement of investigations of the president and his administration,” the letter reads. “The likely convergence of these two events will occur at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.”

In my opinion, the corrupted American policies and state system should just crash and either lead to a freer society which is built without a state but on the basis of small, self-governing communes that cooperate with each other if they wish to, or a new state that will work smoothly, without people like Donnie to be able to take an office, and... show more
 

Venezuelan President Maduro: U.S. trying to undermine country’s democracy


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#country #democracy #maduro #mark lowcock #oan newsroom #president #president nicolas maduro #trump administration #trying #un emergency relief #undermine #venezuela #venezuelan
Venezuelan President Maduro: U.S. trying to undermine country’s democracy
 

Even #GOP candidates despise the restriction ideals of their party


#McCallum told the newspaper that Walker should veto some of the proposals passed by the Legislature. He said that both parties have played political games in the past, but that “we seem to be going down a very slippery slope of personal power over public policy.”

To be honest, if you were interested in a fair game during the elections, no matter of what kind, then you would not bring such some legislations on the way during the lame duck sessions; because this way, you don't only curb your successor's abilities, but also curb the Democratic fundament that shapes a US state's federal government. I know it's not Democratic per se anyway, but it at least is more just than what you would see in complete autocracies. Just saying... What the GOP currently does is close to authoritarianist, closely on its way to #... show more
 

Oblivious elections - part III: #Armenia


#Pashinyan’s party is expected to get a majority in the new legislature, allowing him to push ahead with his campaign to reshape the South Caucasus nation’s political landscape and spark an “economic revolution”.
Last week, Pashinyan – who is acting prime minister – promised “the best elections Armenia has ever seen”, without ballot-stuffing or voter intimidation.

At least there are examples of elections that don't end up in a massacre on the voters, such as it happens in Afghanistan, where the votes are still not counted to the end, including all the flaws of the election, the corruption that runs through it. In Armenia, this doesn't seem to have happened, although believing that no new crooks would fill the space is naive.

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Why Emmanuel Macron's brand of centrist liberalism is undermining French democracy.
Emmanuel Macron's empty liberalism
#EmmanuelMacron #France #Democracy #HumanRights
 
"Let’s sit with that a moment: a person who spent the bulk of her adult years in public life is so estranged, both from the general public and from her own self, that she needed focus groups to tell her why she was running. This, one is tempted to say, is the alienation turned up to eleven: the complete enclosure of political life, unto its innermost parts, by the forces of marketing."

https://thebaffler.com/salvos/sorry-to-bother-you-featherstone

... And in the event anyone missed it, the title is an allusion to this excellent movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorry_to_Bother_You

#Democrats #democracy #gentrification #2020 #TheCoup #BootsRiley
Sorry to Bother You
 
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